Full text of "Grizzly"
Personal Stories of Butlers
On Campus vs Off
Political Year in Review:
A look from the Left
and the Right.
On the Cover
18-19 Going Green
20-21 AYear in Review
In the Know
4 _ 5 The New Girls
1213 Recession's Crunch
16 _ 17 Deserved Expansion
2627 On Campus
VS Off Campus
Out of a poll of 42
Butler students, 18
were unsure if the
economy was get-
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The Grizzly Magazine
901 Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado, Kan. 67042
Mike Swan, Adviser
JC Boyce/ Grizzly
Butler County Commun
8 _ 9 Once Upon A Mattress
1011 Fashion Cents
42 43 Local Food Reviews
34 35 Cross-Country
Troy Morrell, won
his 100th game on
Sept. 26, 2009^
67 International Students
1445 Questions with John Oehm
2831 Through the Lens
4445 Continued Articles
4647 Staff Biographies
On the cover - Grizzly cancer survivors (left to
right) Karen Gelvin, Suzie Van Tries, Pam Hendrix
and Jackie Vietti.
Photo by Logan Jones/ Grizzly
fith the start of every
cDatiges every time,
ne of the changes
this^eap'o'ccurred in the office of
Director of Residence Life. Tina
started the position this
mmer after competing against
90 other applicants for the
job opening, according to Dean of
Student Life, Karen Gelvin.
Krau was born and raised
the island of Maui, Hawaii. This
s where she stayed until she went
o college at Southern Oregon Uni-
ersiWfSOU). Here, she received
a minor in Gee
• ti saVS.can talk
about rocks," said Krau.
During time kSOU,
sophomore year. Krau hakbeen
working in Residence Life evei
After graduating from
SOU, Krau moved to Nashville with
her sister to live near family in tl
area. She found a job in the Nashville
area and then shortly thereafter took a
position at the University of Oklahoma.
Here, she worked for the athletics
department in the residence halls. Krau
worked there for the last five years until
joining the Butler family in July.
"I knew one of the students
here and she absolutely loved her BCC
experience. That was how I first learned
ler," said Krau. "You can always
ow great a college is based on the
pride ^stuofeqt has for their school."
VvTrsrr^ked how the job had
been going so v f^n s l<rau said, "Great! I
have never beenSoausy and mentally
exhausted, but I love ffe^
She also saiaStrW the hardest
part of the job is really\j9t not having
enough time in the day 1
"For a while there'
working everyday from 8
p.m.," she said.
"Tina is a breath of
commented Gelvin. "She is
with the students."
Krau had much to s
asked what all her job entai
"If I were to give y
version, I would say that th
of my job is to ensure that
to provide a safe living en;
conducive to learning an
the personal growth a
of each individual resi
"It's not just about
i to 10
ri in touch
for people to livejlfs^fbout creating a
new home awa^Tram home. There is
so much gro^rtln^and development that
occurs vyJOTrLthe individual in their first
ng a place
year of college, living in the residence
halls plays a huge role in that. It's an
honor for me to be a part of that."
Krau is especially excited that
she lives in the East Dorms just steps
from her office, maybe not quite for the
reason you may be thinking, though.
"I know I am really going to ap-
preciate this when those Kansas winters
come at me full force," she commented.
"You can't take 18 years of tropical
weather out of a Hawaii girl in a few
mainland winters. I still haven't gotten
used to the fact that just because it's
sunny outside doesn't mean it's warm."
Since Krau is from Hawaii, it
shouldn't come as a surprise that she
really likes the outdoors. Some of her
favorite hobbies include camping and
hiking. In March, Krau and her boyfriend
went to Big Bend National Park in Texas
and spent four days backpacking, carry-
ing everything they need on their backs.
She also enjoys road trips.
"The idea of getting in a car,
driving for eight hours and being some-
where completely different is something
I will never get tired of," she said.
When asked what the first thing
is that a student would notice about
Krau, Gelvin said, "Her smile and bright
Since Krau works and lives on
campus, it is very easy for students to
"I love when people stop by my
office to say hi," said Krau.
She also enjoys when people
come to visit her and her two dogs, Gra-
ham and Hoku, at her room in the East
Butler is boring, and seems
to be all about academ-
ics and sports. Students
with this train of thought,
get ready to change your
mind, because here's a solution for
Born and raised in Wichita,
Kara Johnson knows all the hot
spots in the area, and can point
you in the right direction. She can
help you find the next big campus
event, or point you toward one of
her parties, which just happens
to be one of her favorite hobbies.
Along with being a party planner,
Johnson is a shopping fanatic! Her
favorite item to buy is shoes. On
her time off from work, Johnson
loves going new places and trying
Although she likes to travel,
Butler is nothing new to Johnson.
After attending high school, she
enrolled here at Butler Community
College, and received her Associ-
ates in Liberal Arts, followed by her
Bachelors in Communications, with
two minors, one in Music and the
other in Philosophy.
After attending college, Kara
became the Director of Youth Em-
powerment for the City of Wichita
followed by the position as the As^
sistant General Manager of
apartment complex. She
to Butler to work and w^praced as
a Manager of CummjrtLHall, and a
sponsor of Butler S^u/ent Organiza-
my first day
jtler, I have been
for the oppor-
ieriences that the
is," she said. "I have
as a student
a huge advo
built great r i\i tionships with many
students as w i\\ as staff and faculty.
I believe in Ji tier and its purpose.
I figured if ] v\ ant to be the best, I
might as wel work for the best too!"
Because Kara believes that
Butler has a larae amount of poten-
tial, she is planNaiKq and coordinat-
ing a Leadershi
allows students thY Opportunities
and experiences to develop leader-
ship skills on many different levels,
such as personal, group and com-
munity. Each summit will develop
well-rounded leaders through their
engagement in five leadership
components: involvement, service
learning, cultural awareness, lead-
-ttesftJe^gjsTJN^adersh i p
"will allow studentsto'aif^'BiLtler.
Johnson is also an adviser
Student Government Associatio7
(SGA), which helps find new ways'
to better Butler Community College.
Some other organizations at Butler
are Colleges for Cancer, Skills USA,
Grizzly Ambassadors, Campus Cru-
saders for Christ, HALO (Hispanic
American Leadership Organization)
and the Society of Manufacture
So whether md want to
join one of these conizations i >r
start one of youjpwn, Johnson is
the girl to talk;
To caAact Kara lohnson,
call 316-32^^5 3 or e-mail hei at
BCC undergrads from around the world
Word of mouth is a
powerful tool when it
comes to international
on what educational
institution to study at. Tapping into
the local market is a strategy for
recruitment for overseas students
seeking to transfer. Butler partners
with Wichita State University to make
it easier for undergraduates seeking a
Bachelor's degree for a better job out
in the market.
A majority of Butler's
international students come to BCC
to finish their general education
classes and to transfer into a 4-year
China, Hong Kong
Randy Bush, International
Advisor Butler of Andover, helps
international students make their
enrollment into Butler a smooth
"What I do for international
students is assist enrollment, help
select classes fot; them and make sure
they are on the right tracVto'complete
their degree," Bush says.
Providing|all documents for a
successful enrollm[er)tT:akes > about a
week. A country spdhfeoF [s s required
to go to school at Butler. For example,
a student from China wants to go
to school at Butler, They will need
someone from the United States to
sponsor their money and a family
member or friend could do that.
Students also either live on
campus, with a host family or their
There is no language barrier
when students come because it is a
requirement they pass an American
Literacy test before coming to school
in the U.S. According to StudyUSA.com
nearly 100,000 students come to the
United States to study English each
When students come
to BCC, they have an option of
joining The International Student
Association (ISA). This club is open
to international students, resident
aliens as well as all students
interested in promoting cross-cultural
understanding. Members are often
invited to visit with elementary classes
and community groups.
The ISA participates in the
campus-wide Spring Fling, sharing
their various cultures with students
and community members through
music and dance, traditional clothing,
flags and exhibits. All monthly social
activities are planned by members.
Ryosho Matsumo, Japan
Wichita State University graduate, is a
member of the International Student
Association. He has set up many
events to bring together students and
their common interest of wanting a
betteVWucation, life and overall, to
have a good time.
"All the events have gone
good. We are in the process of
planning another event in October so
it is going to be really fun," Matsumo
International & Perma
Flags were hung up to let students view yvhere
members of the International Student Association
are from. The club was started to encourage
overseas students to become more involved.
Photos by Thao Pham —
R International Night
On Sept. 30, a Tae Kwon Do class came to Butler
\o perform a routine. "Tae Kwon Do is a fabulous
exercise and a great balance with sitting in class
and studying," Jessica Bell, Wichita fighter, says.
Randy Bush, International Adviser, BOA, his family and Ryosho Matsumo, Japan, WSU graduate held
the event.International Night. "It is a fun event and good," Matsumo says.
Nikky Clapp, Caney sophomoreind Regina Layer,
Texas sophomore, vdjunteered/during the event
to serve food. Original Korean food was served
to the public. /
::9ti°fc of students who come to Butler go to Andowr just "because it Is near-Wichita and that's
where most of them and their families are located. i0% go to El Doraxlo.'
Randy Bush, BOA International Adviser.
■iHitrn ,»m<1 \ni.ntlt< L-mrt-s
t Resident Enrollment
United Arab Emirates
Virgin Islands (British)
utler is 8,000
academic year. This
includes more than
students from 87
80 Countries 684
(Top 10 bolded countries are of students who attended Butler on
a visa and became permanent residents in the United States.)
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Butler's Theater pfpartiAAttAt Ei/ute realms f-tu^dreds
The thought of
watching a musical
about a bunch of
mattresses puts me
to sleep. However,
Butler's Theater Department
kept me wide awake during
their brilliant performance of
'Once Upon a Mattress.' This
musical was performed four
times for audiences Oct. 1
through Oct. 3.
'Once Upon a Mat-
tress' is an adaptation of the
fairy tale story of "The Prin-
cess and the Pea." It begins
with the Minstrel, played by
Taylor Osterman, singing us
the story of how Queen Ag-
gravain refuses to let anyone
in her kingdom get married
unless her son Prince Daunt-
less is wedded. Sadly, no
Community Col lege
one is good enough for her
son. To make matters worse,
yed by Odie
Brown, and Lady Larken,
portrayed by Sandricka
Paylor, are expecting a child
and need to get married
fast. So Harry decides to find
a princess that will pass the
He finds Princess
dent girl. From
on stage, you can tell that
this girl has talent. She has
a presence that makes the
audience sit up in their seats
and a voice that can turn
any head. Zach Hawthorne,
who plays Prince Dauntless,
is no different. His character
is determined to find the
girl of his dreams and has a
comical way of doing it.
The actors who
stole this show were Bob
Peterson, a director at Butler
and Michele Banks. Banks
played the nagging mother
ence what he was saying, by
not saying it. He was by far
the crowd's favorite.
When watching a
live theater performance I
and Queen Aggravain. There like to notice everything. I
were some points in the
performance where I just
wanted to tell her character
to be quiet. Banks portrayed
her character so well I al-
thought the ensemble was
very good. They held it
together even though they
were missing an actor during
The costumes and
"We chose this particular musical choreography were
i ,i r , very detailed. The di-
because it has a variety of charac-
ters that are very fun to create. "
Director Regina Austin-Fresh
most believed she was really
had no lines until the end of
the play. For some actors,
this task would be difficult,
but Peterson nailed his part.
He had the audience roar-
ing with laughter at his "sign
language." He had to find
unique ways to tell the audi-
rector, Regina Austin-
the musical. Each step
looked like it had been
rehearsed many times.
The costumes showed that
they were in the medieval
era. They were very colorful
Overall, the per-
formance of 'Once Upon a
Mattress' was a hit. Between
the actors, costumes and
choreography I was enter-
tained through the whole
Prince Harry (left) tries
to convince the Queen
about a new princess.
Grabbing attention, Prin-
cess Winnifred (above)
makes an entrance.
Sandricka Paylor, portraying Lady Larkin, (left)
tells Sir Harry, played by Odie Brown, about her
After arriving at the castle, the ladies in waiting
(middle) model different dresses for Princess Win-
nifred, played by Natalie Dicketer, to chose.
Being excited about her arrival, Prince Dauntless,
portrayed by Zach Hawthorne, (bottom right)
grabs Winnifred's hand.
The King tries to tell a secret by playing charades with the
Jester and Minstrel.
i Carlson ^fKayla Banzet
•-in-Chief Staff Writer
ashion is a way to express-oneBin-
terjgts and personality. And college
is a great place to show off your in-
dividual gyle. But it's sort of hardfto
™ ^how off that new killer outfit When
your bank .account only has..$iO in it.
Let's face it kids, trying to pay for
chool and fashion at the same time is not
^^ easy. Every cherished shiny penny becomes
Va treasure in one's wallet. So the big ques-
tion on many students' minds is 'how can
J^i still looi^3£d without spending a lot of
get more for
Freshman Caitlin Klinger, of
rg, says, "It's in the little
ings. You have to ask yourself do
I really need tcMpend my money on
that poo or download that song?"
Skylar Clausen, a fellow
freshman from Cheney, has a differ-
ent attempt: "I deposit money to my
savings arjcH try to save my change."
These methods are good
deas. Setting aside a/Small amount of
money can eventually add up.
Although money is tight it still
doesn't stop^tudents from shopping
at their favorite stores and adding to
Morgan McCray, from Wichita,
says, "I tike stores like Maurice's, Burl-
ington Coat Factory, and DEB's."
She adds, "I shop at stores
that aren't super expensive but have
cute and great quality clothes."
Clausen says, "I like the
Buckle and American Eagle."
Unless they own a money tree,
budgets for students are extremely
tight. Some students see their new
budget as a challenge.
"The challenge in fashion is to
layer and mix and match outfits and
make it look new even though it's the
same* says Klinger.
"College has affected my
spending ways. I don't have as much
money as I used to," says Clausen.
If you're struggling with
budgeting money and still want
to shop, try shopping at cheaper
stores like the Goodwill or take
advantage of sales.
"I'm not afraid to shop on
the clearance rack," says McCray.
Clausen tries to use store
sales to his best interest.
"I take advantage of sales.
Who doesn't like to save money?"
A simple method that any-
one can do is keep that tiny little
paper called a receipt. By collect-
ing these you'll know where your
money is going. Keeping an eye
on your money spending ways can
help anyone in the long run.
Although it is tempting to
run to the mall and buy that awe-
some new outfit you've been dying
to buy, try thinking about it first.
"Where I came from there
were no shopping options. Around
here there is a lot more and it's
within 30 minutes away. You have
to talk yourself out of going and
buying things. It's a big challenge,"
Staying fashion conscious
can be tough but in the end having
common sense can save you lots of
Talking Dollars and Cents
Know where to shop.
Instead of hitting up the boutiques and department stores at the mall,
try going to TJ Maxx, Plato's Closet, or even vintage and thrift stores.
More often than not, clothes will be anywhere from 45-70 percent off
of their original retail price! With steals like these, you'll see a GOOD
difference in your banking account in no time!
D-I-Y stands for Do It Yourself.
Okay, so maybe you're not a sewing machine guru, or it's pos-
sible that you've never thread a needle in your life, but all is not
lost! Even without the knowledge of a fashion designer any-
body has the opportunity to spruce up their wardrobe, old-time
favorites, www.diyfashion. about, com has great instructions and
tutorial videos to help out the designing impaired. Not only that,
but there is even a no-sew section designated for projects done
without a machine. Before too long, you'll have people saying,
"You made THAT out of what?"
Coupons are no longer just
for the grocery store.
Have you ever gone to a department store and wished you had
a coupon for that $30 shirt you were about to purchase? Well,
get ready to make that wishful thinking a reality! Websites such
as www.mysavings.com offers online coupons for stores such
as Target, Wal*Mart, Old Navy, Sears, Overstock.com, and even
Logan Jones/ Grizzly
In need of a promotion?
Promotions aren't just for your workplace, they're for your
wallet too. When you know that a new store is opening up in
your area, keep your eyes peeled for flyers mentioning store
promotional items, or perks! Get on your favorite store's web-
site and sign up for their mailing list; you never know when
you'll recieve an offer that you just can't turn down.
As large and small companies
are laying off more and
more people due to the
economic crisis and forcing
families to make ends meet,
students have not been able to protect
themselves from the turmoil. When
students are rethinking their education
plans or picking up an extra job on top
of school to help out at home, students
have to smarten up quick and make
some major adjustments.
"School costs a lot of money
and you add the rising costs of gas
and basic groceries and you are living
paycheck to paycheck. Not a fun
time to be a student," says Christina
Holbert-Black, Arizona freshman.
College enhancements of
financial aid do not seem promising but
that all depends on what school you
decide to continue in and whether it
is public or private. A recent study by
BusinessWeek found that students had
a better 'bang for their buck' with the
public universities rather than private
Naturally, the choice comes
down to whether students want to go
to a public school which is usually in
a big city or a private school that is in
a small town. But with the freedom
to make their own choices, students
have had the opportunity to choose
from personal preference. This may
mean more incoming students are
basing their decision on choice of
education and cost. This is why Butler
had a 15.8 percent increase in student
"Butler is a cost-effective choice
and a good school to attend," says Troy
Nordman, English teacher.
Parents remain the visible
victims of this economic crisis and
believe the next generation will certainly
have their hands full. A majority of
students are continuing their education
until the job market improves but is this
Cola, Dell and Asian Pacific Scholarships.
Every student should take the time to
apply for the scholarships because
if you end up getting more than you
bargain for, any leftover money you
have they will send you a check that
you can cash and spend on whatever
you like. To find all the scholarships and
more that you can apply for, students
can Google it or go to the financial aid
office for more information.
Some students also feel
scholarships are not that necessary
Students need to be aware of what they are buying and if they really need it. Learning to be more
frugal will help save money.
Photo by Megan Mahurin
a decision some may regret? No matter depending on the institution they plan
what their major is, students need to to attend. That's a major factor in how
smarten up and respond accordingly to much money will be coming out of their
this economy crisis or face the economic pockets.
Scholarships have been the
main priority for students who plan
to go to college. Whether they are
applying for a $500 scholarship or
$10,000, students should go for any
scholarship they can apply for.
According to Fastweb.com, the
most popular scholarships are the Coca-
Elliott Trimble, El Dorado
freshman, says that it is actually not
that bad going to school without a
"Butler is inexpensive and I
have a 15 credit hour schedule," says
economy threatening learners' education
Do you think the economy
is getting better?
A survey was taken by
asking 42 random students
how they feel the economy
is doing for them. These
were the results.
The bookstore has been overwhelmingly busy. "I have seen it get busier due to increasing students,"
Juana Kelley, BOE clerk, says.
Photo by Gordon Cave
"My financial troubles are putting myself through
school while also trying to support a family. It is
really hard to be a student right now."
Christina Holbert-Black, Arizona freshman.
How to be
Free Food! Where? -Throughout
the week a student group is always
holding an event somewhere on
campus and if they are meeting
around dinner time, there will be
guaranteed free food. Find out
what group is meeting and where,
show up, try to blend in, and enjoy
a free meal!
r> Where are you going? - Car pool
* with friends to save money and
gas. Everyone can alternate which
cars to drive and chip in on money
Saving minutes - Your cellphone
bill getting a bit high? Cut the
minutes and just use texting. You
will save almost 60% on the phone
Man! I need a job - Don't just
think short-term savings; get pre-
pared for an unaccommodating job
market. Securing a job is going to
require major networking, so get a
leg up, and look to your Butler Job
List posting to see how you can
make yourself more marketable.
Buy what you need - Start
making a grocery list and getting
the essentials you need and not
the ones you want. Doing this will
save you a lot of money to spend
on more important things, like
(L Stay informed - Try to remain
* in tune with what is happening
financially and politically so you'll
be armed with the necessary
information to endure this crisis
5 QUESTIONS WITH
Photo & Sports
How exactly did you find
yourself interested in the
world of visual arts?
"I grew up in a very chaotic
household. I was the youngest of four
kids in a single parent household. I was
like a quiet voice in a very noisy house-
hold. And I escaped into painting and
drawing when I was in kindergarten or
before. I was pretty much known as
John "the kid who can draw" from the
time I was very young. My whole life
was about painting and drawing. In the
small town I grew up in, it was easy
to be an "art star." It gave me a lot of
What does art or being
an artist mean to you?
^^^ "Artists are
lucky, I think.
we do is muse about our
existence all the time. We
do what philosophers, sci-
entists and theologians
do. We ask questions
about why things are as
they are, the meaning of
things. Artists pursue un-
answerable questions. Our
jobs are privileged. It's
pretty crazy stuff!"
With all of this consid-
ered f what kind of art-
ist do you see
3 yourself as?
"I still work
painting people has always
been the most
interesting to me.
along the way, but
Courtesy of O Langrehr
CJ Langrehr, Augusta
sophomore, has been
drawing portraits for eight
years. She was a student
in one of John Oehm's
classes last semester.
(Above is a portrait she
drew of John Oehm.)
A few landscapes
often it is portraits.
I have done a lot
of work doing
portraits for law
firms and univer-
sities over the
years. That's not
what I really value
as an artist, but
that stuff is what
helps pay the bills.
Within the last few
years, I have been
working more ab-
where I am now,
although I am re-
ing a move back
work. The abstract
stuff I am doing
now is probably
the most difficult
thing I have ever
done. To be suc-
cessful in this way
is a very difficult
thing to do."
ART INSTRUCTOR JOHN OEHM
You are from a small
town in Nebraska. How
did you end up teaching
"I graduated from Wichita
State University in 1981,
and then for the next 11 years I
taught privately. I had a studio in
downtown Wichita where I taught
some high school students, but most-
ly adults. I also painted and taught at
WSU and the Wichita Center for the
Arts. I taught at WSU until 1992, and
then I thought I needed a job with
insurance, retirement fund, and that
sort of thing. I originally accepted a
job in Texas, but right before I moved
down there the Butler job opened up.
I have been here since '92 and I have
been loving it ever since. I think it's
(Butler) a great place."
What can students ex-
pect in your class and
what are your goals
"The first thing you have to do is
cause them (students) to look at
things in a way that they're unac-
customed to. I want my students
to be open-minded. I want them
to be able to look at things
without a closed-minded, precon-
ditioned way of the world. I think
it causes you to love everybody
else, even if you share a different
Butler art instructor, John Oehm,
has been teaching Grizzly students
since 1992. When teaching, he tries
to convey the importance of having
an open mind. As of late, Oehm, a
painter, has concentrated on work-
ing abstractly when it comes to his
personal projects, but has typically
been a naturalistic artist.
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Butler's Ag Facility Sees
As Butler's Agriculture stu-
dents departed the Ag build-
ing for summer break last
semester, they knew they
would be coming back to a
nice, new academic environment this
fall. The sound of saws and hammers
began to echo through the halls as the
remodeling project officially started in
April. Then, in May, an unexpected ne-
cessity came along: a new hay barn.
The damaging May 8 thunderstorm
winds destroyed the barn's roof and
structure to an extent that practical-
ity and safety were both a problem,
guaranteeing the need for a new barn.
Even with the new hay barn added into
the construction process, the remodel-
ing project has and continues to move
along smoothly, as all but the outdoor
classroom is finished. The remodeling
is expected to be
complete by the
don't like to view
the new building as
just a new building,
I like to see it as
a new learning lab for our students,"
says Don Gronau, Butler's lead agri-
culture instructor, who expresses great
satisfaction for the hands-on learning
Butler's agriculture students receive.
When Ag students returned
this fall, they were welcomed by the
look and smell of a brand-new build-
ing. The remodeling plan went all out
as the facility received a new welcom-
ing center on the front of the building,
two additional classrooms, a new hay
barn and an outdoor classroom. The
"I don't like to view
the new building as just
a new building, I like to
see it as a new learning
lab for our students"
outdoor classroom was intended to
provide a place for students to take
the classroom outside on a nice day.
A new main entrance wraps
around the southwest corner of the
building, providing a
nice, warm welcom-
ing area. The sunny
room will provide
a place for student
program, a greet-
ing room for days when prospective
students come to visit and a place to
show off the Livestock Judging Team's
numerous awards. Many windows,
combined with the stylish floor de-
signs, make it a bright, fun room. The
atmosphere almost makes one feel as
if they are standing in a fancy indoor
front porch. Also, the welcoming area's
brick exterior spruces up the facility,
so that it looks less like a tin shed or
barn, and more like the designated
space for classrooms.
Below: The view from the Ag Facili-
ty's new welcome center. With many
windows, the room will provide a
warm welcoming area.
Two new classrooms were con-
structed, both having special features
worthy of mention. One has a garage
door at the back of it to allow for more
room for larger classes or meetings to
extend into the arena area. The other
new classroom is surrounded with
concrete walls, to provide a safe room
for students to gather in the event of
Unlike the old hay barn, the
new one is connected to the main Ag
building. Handicap accessible ramps
make it usable for all to navigate
around the facility. The hay barn is
impressive, as it is fully enclosed, insu-
lated, and easy to get in and out with
tractors and other equipment. Plus,
there is plenty of room for hay.
Needless to say, both the Ag
students and instructors will enjoy
the additional space of their updated
learning environment for many years
to come. Out of sight and out of mind,
Butler's agriculture students have
a quiet world of their own and new
space to enjoy it in. The made-over
facility has already been a treat to the
Ag program, but the excitement builds
as the day of final completion draws
Left: The new hay barn was
built just behind the main
facility. It is insulated and
handicap accessible, making
for a pretty fancy hay barn.
Center: One of the new
classrooms. This one's special
feature is that it is expand-
able. The back wall of this
classroom is a garage door,
allowing for expansion into
the arena for larger classes
Below Center: Construction
workers work on the "out-
door classroom." This will
serve as a good place for stu-
dents to go outside to study
on a nice day.
Left: The inside of the new
hay barn. As you can see, it
is insulated, nicely lighted
and has concrete floors.
The nice new hay barn is
liable to make area farmers
and ranchers green with
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mejft then soon died out and has been
recently revitalized through the green
fcbj tecently, the green movement
hit the Butler campus. Recycling
fc can be found around campus. In
the 100 building, there are bins for
newspapers and one for trash in gen-
;rafl Stephens has had trouble finding
recycling bin on campus.
•She knows plenty of her
in the residence halls who use
water bottles which upsets her be-
cause there is no place to dispose of
them in a "green" fashion. Stephens
?Brnan^?ng her part a | so recycled while living at home and
fja is somethiifjf^he always recycled her aluminum pop
ces to 'do. "It makes me canS-
feelftood when I recycle/' says Ste- According to Donald Rom-
phens. "I feel like I am doing my part me |fanger, the grounds manager, the
to preserve the world." recycling program has not affected the
Many Butler students are students living in the dorms. He says
starting to save their empty water tri ere hasn't been much information
bottles, used Wal-Mart bags or even or pressure from the dorms to push
old editions of the Wichita Eagle to
dispose of in recycling bins.
the recycling program more. There are
programs that are still in planning for
The idea of recycling has long recycling in the dorms
been on the earth, dating back as far Despite the problems in the
as the 1960s when environmental dorms, Rommelfanger says the paper
groups pushed recycling to preserve anc j cardboard containers continue to
the earth and its materials. The earth's increase across campus. "Every build-
natural resources were being depleted
at an abnormally fast rate, and that
worried environmentalists around the
The efforts for recycling
started to die out with the market for
recyclable materials gone. The move-
ing has recycle toters or the paper
is collected on a weekly basis; we
probably remove on the average 1,000
pounds of paper per week," says Rom-
Rommelfanger says as far as
the other recyclables there are several
containers around campus for other
"Aluminum cans and plastic
bottles have been taken on either by
individuals or civic groups and those
containers are collected by those
groups or the City of El Dorado makes
arrangements to collect there."
Habitat for Humanity is also respon-
sible for collecting cans.
They have a recycling sta-
tion on the west side of campus. Kay
Metzinger, Accounts Receivable, is in
charge of the program.
Despite some setbacks in the
recycling system, Butler is ready to
pursue any opportunity to increase
recycling and sustainability.
"Our biggest drive now is
to promote recycling which we do
at every opportunity. We keep close
ties with the administrators of the
recycling program with the City of El
Dorado who are very willing to work
with us," Rommelfanger says.
Still, with the economy trying
to recover and global warming still
making headlines, Butler is making an
effort with recycling and hopefully that
effort will change the way the campus
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Illustration courtesy of
Reminiscing on a year
ago brings so many
memories and emo-
tions rushing back. Our
country was bubbly
with hope and eager for change.
Then, by 10 p.m. CST, the news
networks were announcing Ba-
rack Obama as the victor of the
2008 presidential race on that
first Tuesday in November, the
4th. When history was made on
Jan. 20, 2009, millions of people
saw a new day for our country
beginning. A change was not only
brewing in our nation, but in the
way the rest of the world looked
at Americans. This change was
not going to come easy by any
means. President Obama had a
lot of cleaning up to do. In this
article, I will discuss some of the
obstacles that have stood in the
way of our progress to becoming
a better nation in the last year, as
well as the achievements he has
The sense of pride and
patriotism felt by the majority of
American citizens when
President Obama took office,
seemed to have the same tone
as the way our country came
together after 9/11. The rest of
the world displayed good will
towards the United States after
the attacks, just as they are now that
we have a leader that uses diplomacy
before fear and threat. We are no
longer trying to bully the rest of the
world. But the difference between
now and 9/11 is that former President
George W. Bush squandered that good
will due to his lack of desire to ever
Now that a Democrat is in the
White House, it seems as if the con-
servatives have changed their priori-
ties. For example, before being sworn
in, President Obama was left with a
$10.6 trillion national debt to deal
with. One of Obama's plans to help
swing the economy back around was
to create a stimulus package. Repub-
licans began to question if a stimulus
would further our debt, rather than
provide much benefit. If only they
showed this concern about spending
when Bush was in office, rather than
throwing money at big corporations
and an unnecessary war. I have heard
of a time when Republicans were
known as "fiscal conservatives." But is
a stimulus really ineffective? Without
the stimulus, many economists believe
we would be in a depression now.
Instead, the economy is showing a
resurgence, and most economists feel
we are pulling out of a recession after
only eight months under the Barack
Obama presidency. We still need to
create more jobs, and until this is
done we, America, cannot be fully
I suppose it's time to bring
up healthcare. What to do, what to
do. Let's be clear, President Obama's
healthcare plan would give quality and
affordable healthcare to all Ameri-
cans. It will also guarantee the right
to choose your own doctor. If you get
laid off or lose your job, you will main-
tain your healthcare coverage. And if
you like what you have now, you can
keep your current plan.
Continues on pg. 45
Time For Reality
This has been an interesting
year to say the least. Due to
the extremely long list of po-
litical events that have taken
place this year, and a limited
space to discuss it in, I can only
scratch the surface. Seeing that health
reform has been the most popular
issue lately, it would be a good one to
start out with.
It's no secret that changes
need to be made to our healthcare
system, but the best changes can only
happen if the government is less in-
volved, not more so. Priced at around
$1 trillion, and full of questionable items,
the American people aren't buying the
government-run healthcare plan, thank-
fully. Nationalized medicine can be
defined as the government deciding who
gets treated (rationing), when (waiting
list) and how (what kind of treatment
you'll receive). Americans don't want the
government snooping around in their
medical records, telling them who to see
and when, and having control over what
kind of operation they should receive.
After being given some painkillers and
having to wait for at least three months,
the classic government healthcare re-
sponse would be to say, "Sorry, we can't
do much for your leg at this point, and
it's too expensive for the system to cover
anything except amputation." That's for
the birds, and apparently many Ameri-
cans feel the same. According to a June
ABC-Washington Post poll, 83 percent of
Americans are satisfied with their health
care, and 81 percent are fine with their
The more the Democrats cam-
paign for health reform, the more Ameri-
cans are wary of it. During September,
the health reform's approval plummeted
to 43 percent according to a Rasmussen
poll, along with Barack Obama's to 49
percent. Americans find it odd that liber-
als are in such a hurry to pass this bill,
and so testy with anyone who opposes it.
People naturally expect the bill to include
coverage for illegal immigrants and abor-
tions, because many of the same liberals
supporting the health bill are supporting
such things as amnesty and abortion. It
seems to be a pretty accurate suspicion
considering that every single Republican
amendment removing abortions and
health care for illegal immigrants has
been shot down by the Democrat
leadership (even though many "blue-
dog" and other Democrats were
strongly in favor of such amendments
as well). Meanwhile, as Democrats
reject any Republican proposal or
amendment, they accuse the Repub-
licans of not presenting any ideas.
Perhaps the most shocking
reactions coming from many liberals
and the liberal mainstream media
is their reaction to the majority of
Americans who oppose and protest
the bill. Health reform opponents
have been called everything from
racist lunatics to angry mobs to
unruly terrorists. If that's the best de-
fense proponents of the bill can come
up with, that's an embarrassment,
and it's no wonder the bill is losing
ground. According to some, if you
simply disagree with the president,
you're somehow racist. Maybe when
they join us in the 21st century, they
can move on from race and get to
a substantive debate. Another thing
worthy of mention is that the White
House even went as far as creating a
blog for people to "flag" suspicious or
negative information regarding health
reform. This naturally reminded many
Americans of the classic George
Orwell book 1984 , with big brother
(a domineering government) always
Besides being concerned
about government intrusion into their
health plans and increased costs,
Americans are also worried about the
Continues on pg. 45
Vietti, President of Butler Community
College, and cancer survivor.
Whether it's a parent, signifi-
cant other, child, or even your
own self, everyone has had to
deal with the ominous cloud
that hangs over after a cancer
diagnosis. Cancer affects everyone indirectly
or directly somehow and sometime in their
lifetime. This is a story of five Butler em-
ployees who are courageous survivors and
continuous fighters of cancer. During times
of diagnosis, recovery, and even remission
of cancer, thoughts like this will continuously
whirl through a person's mind
"There were days after my diagnosis...
when I truly wondered if I would get to see
our five children graduate from high school,
college, and get married. On other days I was
convinced I would be a survivor," says Jackie
In 1996, Pam
Hendrix, Dean for Enroll-
ment Management Secre-
tary, knew that something in her body
just wasn't quite right. When she went
to the doctors they discovered that
her uterus was the size of an 18-week
pregnancy. Alarmed, Hendrix told her
doctors that there was no way she
was pregnant. Hendrix was soon to be
diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, also
referred to as LMS. LMS is a soft tissue
cancer that develops tumors in tissues
all throughout the body. It only ac-
counts for one percent of all cancers.
LMS will tend to "jump all over the
body," rather than continue in a pat-
tern or "on a certain path, so it's hard
to know where it will pop up next,"
When she found out that she
was being diagnosed with cancer, Hen-
drix felt as if she was having, "an out
of body experience."
Since the diagnosis, Hendrix
has had six tumors in the past five
years, and continues to fight the dis-
ease every day. She's a regular pa-
tient at MD Anderson Cancer
Center located in Houston,
"There are no doc-
tors in the Wichita area that
will treat my kind of cancer,"
Every three months,
Hendrix and her husband
travel to MD Anderson Can-
cer Center for scans and testing.
Hendrix says, " I was diagnosed in
1996. The tumor started in the uterin
walls. ..then five years ago it came
back in my neck, and the doctors
couldn't get it all out so I've had to
Since then, Hendrix has gone
through chemotherapy, even though
LMS doesn't respond to the treat-
ment, radiation and several surgeries.
Hendrix says, "I went
through chemo as the doctors said I
should 'just in case it would work!' It
did not work, as I've had five tumors
since my chemo treatments. The
best treatment is surgery. I've had
tumors surgically removed in my
uterus, hip, abdomen, two in my
chest wall and two in my spine."
Physically, the chemotherapy
treatment gave Hendrix intense bone
pain, and she lost her hair. "I went
through chemo every two weeks for
four months. Each treatment made
the pain worse. Needless to say, it
was NOT fun!" says Hendrix.
The radiation treatment she
endured wasn't much better.
"The radiation was done
through my mouth in order to reach
the tumor at the C2-C3 vertebra. It
blistered my mouth and throat, and I
lost all of my taste buds," says Hen-
Even though Hendrix's fight
with cancer has not been a picnic,
she's had her chance to leave her
mark in the medical world.
"I was the number four lab rat
at MD Anderson Cancer Center to be a
part of a clinical trial on a special type
of radiation on the tumor in my neck
that is inoperable. That clinical trial
was almost five years ago, and that
spot is still not growing," says Hendrix.
Since then, this form of radia-
tion has been released on the market
for cancer treatments.
During her long battle with
cancer, Hendrix still keeps her chin
held high, and continues to count her
blessings every day.
"You have to have a
great support team and I've
had amazing support through
my family, my church and
my Butler family. This cancer
experience would have been
much worse if I did not have
them all!" says Hendrix.
With her last visit to
MD Anderson Cancer Center
in the spring of 2009, Hen-
drix wasn't able to return to
work for eight weeks due to
her recovery from another
"When I was slowly
recovering from my last
surgery, Butler allowed me to
work for an hour or two at a
time. ..even being able to do
that allowed me to grab onto
something normal throughout
all the turmoil."
She continues, "But-
ler has been the perfect place
to be through all of this. We're
just all a really big family. W
I leave for surgeries all the time, they
never question my days off. I couldn't
have gone through this and kept my job
working anywhere else."
During the writing of this article, I
Pam Hendrix once again made her way
to Houston for another three month
check-up. ..thankfully, she was able to re- 1
turn home immediately with good news
for the time being.
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A (Curly) Sprung in/
Karen Gelvin, Dean
of Student Life, is a survivor
of Fallopian Tube Cancer
(Transitional Cells), which
only accounts for one to
two percent of all genea-
logical cancers among women.
"We should listen to our bod-
ies! I knew something was wrong,
even though I felt fine. ..I bounced
back and forth between specialists, but
I insisted on further tests to be done."
Gelvin was diagnosed by Dr.
B who has only diagnosed
B with Fallopian Tube
125 years of medicine.
/ B Gelvin was diagnosed
with Bhe was mostly upsel
Bier hair. After going
Bunds of chemotherapy,
tly what happened to her!
Big my hair was really
Bel I chemotherapy it was
very thi< ft straight, and now it has
H ,. ii f Burly!" I feel like I have a
I in my step— because I'm
[VI 'says Gelvin.
Bg her pin-straight hair
Mb only side effect that
Brapy had on Gelvin.
emotherapy rounds made
ii ftnd pizza tasted like
netal, Bys Gelvin.
slvin also adds, "During my
I i |i es, my husband was a
; Bn't thank him enough.
I i d fu lit ;ly sacrificed so much and
t" ' - .. me care of me. My son was
B/vhen I started losing my
hair Biaved his hair off so he
tuld I ow support for me."
rhi Bardest part of cancer for
( ;< /in . ', i- having to "rely on so many
Survivors gather behind the Hubbard Center, along with their friends and co-
workers, to show that everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another.
people. ..I prefer to serve others."
Even though cancer is never
an outstanding experience, plenty
of positive things can come out of
surviving the disease.
Gelvin says, "It may seem
cliche, but I truly appreciate and
make time for life now— the beauty
of creation and the wonderful love
of family and friends. ..Life is lots of
twists and turns— but it is great when
we go with it and live life to the full-
"I have a very dear friend
of mine who took it upon herself to
research everything she could about
cancer. I will never forget her telling
me that the survival rates were high-
er for people who played an active
role in their treatment and who had
a good knowledge base about their
cancer and diagnosis," says President
of Butler Community College, Jackie
When Vietti was diagnosed
in 1991 with Stage two Inter-ductal
adenorcarinoma breast cancer, she
did just that!
"Of course I always listened
to my doctors, but I realized
that it was up to me to make
the final decisions regarding
my treatment. I always asked
what my options were. ..and I asked
what they would advise their mother,
or wife to do in a situation like this...
and then I made choices that I felt
comfortable with," says Vietti.
At the time of Vietti's diagno-
sis in 1991, the cure rates for breast
cancer weren't as high or as
well-known as it is today.
"Many people still
thought that any kind of
cancer was a fatal diagnosis...
Now breast cancer, from a
general standpoint, has one
of the highest
cure rates of
all cancer, es-
it is diagnosed
her- fight with
Cancer Center in
Anderson, I had surgery and was
prescribed my chemotherapy pro-
tocol, three different drugs, two of
which were administered every two
weeks for six months, and one of
which I took by mouth every day..."
She also adds, "I was told
that during my chemotherapy there
was a likelihood that I
would lose my hair. But,
being me, I said I was
willing that not to happen.
The empathetic people
provided me with a wig
anyway, which was a very
good thing since I lost not
only my hair, but also my
eyelashes and eyebrows. I
recall one day trying to put on mas-
cara and thinking that the bottle was
empty. Then it dawned on me that it
wasn't the empty bottle, but rather
the fact that I had no eyelashes!"
Even though treatments were
a struggle, Vietti was determined to
"I don't wake each
morning without an
appreciation for ev-
ery breath I have been
-Susie Van Tries
Karen Gelvin , Susie Van Tries, Pam Hendrix and
Jackie Vietti discuss their survival experiences and
how happy they are to share their stories.
not let her diagnosis knock her down.
She continued to work full-time and
finish up her doctorate.
"Those [working full-time,
and pursuing my doctorate] were
good things for me to do, because
they kept me from focusing too much
on my disease and not enough on
enjoying life as it came to me each
day and making the most of spending
time with those I loved."
Another positive motiva-
tor during Vietti's struggle was her
extended family, friends and faith. In
fact her husband, Ray, accompanied
her to every one of her chemothera-
Vietti says, "I was blessed
with an incredible extended fam-
ily that was there at every turn of
the road, fixing meals when I didn't
feel like cooking, taking our children
on outings, and laughing as well as
crying with me. The night before my
husband and I left for MD Anderson...
our extended family gathered at our
house for a huge meal and send-off.
"I had to learn
that there are a
ot worse things
in life besides
- Pam Hendrix
They had little gifts for me to open
every day when I was in Houston,
most of them really funny.. .it was a
tremendous lift to my spirits."
Even though her diagnosis
with breast cancer was about 20
years ago, Vietti continues to remem-
ber that time in her life.
"Being diagnosed with cancer
helped me understand and appreci-
ate who and what really mattered
in my life. Conversely, I developed a
better realization of the things that
didn't really matter in the big scheme
of things. ..I've always been a very
independent, self-reliant person. But,
through my diagnosis and battle with
cancer, I've learned how important
it is to let others help you and that
there is a balance to be achieved in
terms of giving and receiving."
Suzie Van Tries, executive assistant
to the Chief Information Officer, was
diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in-
situ, which is a form of breast cancer,
and immediately began to commu-
nicate with others about cancer, and
constantly searching for more knowl-
all right. Then I visited with Pam me home again, and always there
Hendrix who had just recently gone to give me encouragement. She and
through extensive treatment for I had been together through our
another kind of cancer, but whose mother's lingering illness and treat-
"The day after I found out
it was cancer, I made an
appointment to visit with
Dr. Jackie Vietti who is a
breast cancer survivor of several
years. She talked me through the
process of treatment and offered
me hope that things would work out
"Any mole that
\ changes on
lyour skin, don't
■Wit, have it
- Jody Lawson
tude and faith
in God had
says Van Tries.
She found en-
from a website
gave to her.
The website is
The thought of
some fear that
Van Tries had
the death of
her mother to
sister who went to the sur-
geon with me when I found
out it was cancer, reminded
me that it was not a death
sentence. ..my sister became
my primary caregiver tak-
ing time off from her job, driving me
to chemo treatments and surgeries,
staying with me sometimes, taking
lents, and I
fas so glad
- — Bid help from
whew I Had/ to- her sister f ,
v was comfort-
Hig and much
Bie began to
■She says, " I
think the hard-
est part during
Bid fight was
I live alone,
Bid the hours
Bhen I had to
be by myself
because that is
Bhen the fear
will want to
take over and
drive out faith and hope. ..I tried to
fill the solitary hours with Scripture
memorization and Bible reading, plus
reading books from others who had
During her fight with breast
cancer, Van Tries regularly visited the
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in
El Dorado for treatments, surgeries
^p "The El Dorado hospital was
" Losing my hair was awesome. The nursing staff was
tough. It was very ver V c H arin | ,h ^ s J oke f d
, . , . , around with me to keep me from
thick and straight and being nerv0US/ » says Va n Tries.
now it's curly! I feci a van Tries received two sepa-
ike I have a (curly) ^^
spring in my step- be- Continued on Page 44
cause I'M ALIVE!
- Karen Gelvin
bey by myself
to- tahe/ over
out faith/ arid/
Student es. ;
vs. vAo^ e ^
Dorms, apartments or
still living at home are
just a few of the living
arrangements that col-
lege students choose.
Each option has a different ben-
efit for a specific student. Every
student at Butler has their own
opinion on what choice is better.
Some students say living
on campus is a better option.
Those who live on campus have
the choice of living in West, East
or Cummins dorms.
Andrew Rawlings, a
freshman who lives in East, says,
"The best thing about living on
campus is the people you get to
meet. I've met a lot of different
people that have the same values
that makes me feel at home."
Roommate issues are
very common with first year stu-
dents. Being thrown into an en-
vironment one is not used to can
cause conflicts between room-
mates. Such conflicts are started
by arguing over space or if a very
organized person is placed with
someone not as organized.
Ashley McQuary, Newton
freshman, lives in Cummins. She
enjoys living on campus but has
had trouble adjusting to living
with someone she didn't know.
"You have to work with
your roommate. Sometimes it
doesn't work out and you have
to move. The boundaries you set
at the beginning of the year, you
need to follow and be honest
and talk about the problem if a
problem comes up," says Mc-
Rawlings has had a good
experience with his two room-
mates so far.
"It wasn't really hard
being put with two people I
didn't know. I get along with my
roommates. They're cool," says
Living on campus opens
opportunities for students to
socialize while earning a higher
Not everyone that at-
tends Butler lives on campus.
Some students have their rea-
sons for living off campus.
Living off campus at
Butler can open many new op-
portunities for student lifestyles.
Students living off campus are
given the chance to save money
instead of paying for rent.
Kayly Simon lives at
home in Augusta. She has been
living there since high school.
She says that living at home during
college allows her to save money and
keep track of her finances.
"The cost of things is the best
advantage and I don't have to buy groceries
or meals to eat. My parents buy them," says
The advantages of living at home range
from saving money, getting free food from par-
ents and a little more freedom.
"I like living at home because my par-
ents pay for everything, including the cellphone
bill and food," says Alex Link, Towanda.
Some opinions of students agree with
the statement that living on campus would
allow more involvement with campus life an
Different organizations require more
time on campus than spent taking classes, so
joining student organizations takes a lot of time
Not all students living on campus want
to stay; most saying the cement walls in the
dorms make it hard to put pictures up.
"I wish I lived off campus. The dorms
don't really feel like home, and I want to b
able to decorate like some," says freshman
Courtney Frye, Council Grove.
Although not all students would like to
live at home, the benefits, according to some,
keep them at home versus living in the dorms.
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hroughout the first part of this fall 2009 semester, I have been getting to know
21-year-old James Bumpass, Wichita sophomore. James suffers from cerebral
palsy, and is forced to use his motorized wheelchair to get around. Each morn-
ing James has an aid come into his room to help him prepare for the day ahead.
Although he has been dealt what most would consider a tough hand, he does not
use his disability as an excuse, nor does he expect to be treated any better or less than his
fellow Butler Grizzly peers.
I approached James and asked him if he would allow me to do a photographic essay on him, to try and convey the col-
lege life from his perspective. He was more than willing to give me the privilege to do the story on him. After talking to
James for awhile, it was obvious he was no different than any other student. One thing that stands out as soon as you
meet James is his love for the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team. Almost every day you can count on see-
ing him with one of his several Cardinals hats and shirts on. When thinking about how I wanted to present James in this
story, I wanted to show not just the adversity he faces due to his disability, but also the relationships he has with people
in his life, his goals and plans for his future, and also his love and knowledge for sports.
Usually one of the first things you no-
tice about James is he is always wear-
ing a baseball hat. When describing his
hat collection James said, "If you want
to get technical, I probably have about
70 or 80 caps total. I also have 5 or 6
with my name on them. Hats are like
purses for me. It's probably why my
hair is already starting to thin out, be-
cause I wear hats all of the time." And
there is only one team James pledges
his allegiance to, the St. Louis Cardi-
nals. James said he became a Cardinals
fan because, "My father has been a fan
since the 60s, so I just kind of jumped
on the bandwagon with him. And as it
turns out they have been really good,
so I just kind of stuck with them."
Four times a day James' care attendant, Dawn Wygle, meets with James to check on him, do exercises, and
other things that might need to be taken care of. Their first meeting is early in the morning, around 7 a.m.
Wygle has been working with the handicapped for 15 years and says, "I find it very rewarding. I just love
to help people."
When talking about her relationship with
James, Wygle described it by saying, "James
and I have a really good working relation-
ship. We like to joke around which makes our
visits a little more relaxed. He teases me a lot
by saying I am his mother away from home."
She said that she hasn't found anything that
is difficult about working with James.
One of the main reasons James chose to at-
tend Butler was because he thought it was
very handicapped accessible. "When I came
to visit Butler, I really liked how it seemed
they showed concern for the handicapped.
Almost every building on Butler's El Dorado
campus has been set up so people in wheel-
chairs can access them."
Even though he suffers from cerebral palsy,
and is forced to use a wheelchair to get
around, James says, "I don't use my disability
as an excuse. I don't think I should be treated
any better or worse than anyone else."
21-year-old James Bumpass has a cumula-
tive GPA of over 3.5. He says he is planning
on majoring in history, as well as studying
special education. He would like to become a
t's a say-
all too of-
cause of the
of us probably
what this over-
For some of us
though, it is
what determined where we would be
going after high school.
Because of the economy, But-
ler has seen a significant rise in enroll-
ment this semester. From about 8,476
students enrolled at the same time
last year, to 9,555 students that are
currently enrolled in classes at Butler,
a difference of over 1,000 students.
This can be compared to Wichita State
University's undergraduate enrollment
from the same time last year of about
11,600 students, to their enrollment
of about 11,704 current students; a
minimal difference of only 104 people.
Heather Ward, Financial
Aid Counselor, says that, "Gener-
ally, community colleges offer a low
student-to-teacher ratio. This means
more interaction with the teacher,
which aids in the learning process and
retention. Most teachers know their
students' names and offer open-door
policies which allow students to seek
assistance from the instructor directly."
Along with Butler, community
colleges all over the country have
been seeing enrollment increases.
A large reason for the enrollment
increases is due to the cheaper tuition
rates that community colleges can
offer compared to the larger four-year
Butler's low tuition rates are
very competitive to Wichita State's
higher tuition rates. An in-state stu-
dent would pay about 125 percent
more per credit hour at WSU than they
would at Butler. An out of state student
would pay a staggering 245 percent
more per credit hour at WSU.
"Community colleges offer a
quality education at a fraction of the
price. For many degrees, most general
education requirements are the same-
English, Math, etc. Why not get more
for your money?" Ward says.
Take for example: a male Kan-
sas resident living in the dorms for one
semester and taking 16 credit hours
would pay about $3,371.50 at Butler
and about $5,520 at WSU, more than
a $2,000 difference. When you are a
college student, $2,000 can be a large
chunk of change that could go toward
a number of other things.
Whether we came here to
complete general education classes or
because of the wallet-friendly tuition,
it is easy to see why Butler, or another
community college, can be a far better
choice financially than a four-year insti-
Butler vs WSU
Daric McCoy/ Grizzly
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• • I came here because
jt^was cheaper. I
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Daric McCoy ■/ Grizzly
One year in Brennan Hall=
19 Meal Plan for one year-
Parking Permit- $20.00
One credit hour for in-state
One credit hour for out-of-state
Student fee per credit hour-
Registration Fee- $17.00
• • I believe students should
choose a community
money. Be a
ard of your
money. } ^
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The trails of the Grizzly
cross-country team started in Ark
V City at the Cowley County Invit
(,_ ^ ft tional. It is now midway through
' '" I the season and they have a few
good meets on their belt including
one right here in El Dorado.
The Grizzlies have their
main runners that finish up front
week in and week out but also
have some unsung heroes on the
The women have
had consistant front-runners Pa-
trober Murindat and Jylian Jaloma
who finish at the top of the ranks
week in and week out. But they
also have some good runners who do not get as much
attention such as Renee Simon, sophomore, Leon. Simon
is a consistant runner but has been tampered by injury
throught the season. If she can get back to full health she
will be a good runner for the
Caleb Long bine
Butler cross-country coach Kirk Hunter
shakes the hand of Ollie Isom. Hunter
called Isom, "a legend in junior college
Grizzlies. Another runner on the women's side that does
not get as much attention but has been flying right under
the radar setting her own personal records has been Katie
Brunner, sophomore, Haysville.
The men as well as the women have two really
good runners that stand out among everyone else in Joel
Rop, sophomore, Kenya, and Jackson Toroitich. One of the
unsung heroes of the men's cross-country team is Marcos
Bailon, sophomore, Phoenix. Bailon has been right under
the radar all season waiting to have a break out meet and
really run to the best of his abilities. Abel Assela has also
been a Grizzly cross-country runner that has been under
the radar. Assela has had a couple of really good meets
where he has been one of the top runners on the team,
and had coach Kirk Hunter talk about how well he did but
is still trying to finish out this year's cross-country season.
The cross-country team overall has had a very sat-
isfying year. Coach Hunter said the runners have improved
each week in practice, and it has shown up every week as
they go to run in meets. m>m
The Grizzlies are training hard, trying to finish out
the season on a high note where they still have post sea-
son races to run before they transition to the track.
article is as of Oct. 15
Jackson Toroitich, Kenya sophomore, runs
in the Oliie Isom Invitational. Toroitich ran a
good race and finished in second place.
Butler cross-country runner Patrober Murindat, Kenya sophomore, leads the Ollie Isom Invitational race at
Wartick Farm in El Dorado. Murindat kept up the pace and went on to finish in first place.
Ethan Denton Dan Page
Student Sports Student Sports
After the 2008 season gave the Grizzly football
team its sixth national championship and the second time
that the team went back-to-back as national champions,
only one question remained... could the Grizzlies 3-peat?
H hey are in the midst of that quest right in now in the 2009
campaign with a 5-1 record and a #4 national ranking.
This season has started very similar to last year's
ational title run, beginning with a game versus Blinn, this
ime taking place in Brenham, Texas, the home of the Buc-
caneers who handed the Grizzlies their only defeat in 2008.
The game was a 4 p.m. kickoff in the hot Texas
sun which resulted in game time temperatures nearing 100
F. But the heat did
not seem to affect
the Grizzlies in the
first half as they took
the lead. Quarter-
back Ross Dausin
first tossed a 39 yard
to Marcus Kennard,
then followed that up
with a 69 yard bomb
to Dontel Watkins
and the Grizzlies led
answered at the end
of the first half with
a touchdown of their
own and Butler took
a seven point lead
into the locker room.
Dausin had thrown
for 243 yards by half-
half saw the Grizzly
lead slowly evaporate
as the offense was
Butler defensive ends Scott Smith, Kailua, Hawaii sophomore,
and Cornellius Carradine, Cincinnati, Ohio, freshman, sack tl
Dodge City quarterback and force a fumble. Smith had two
sacks on the day and Carradine had one in a 51-7 Grizzly bash
unable to move the ball due to poor execution and penal
ties. After a scoreless third quarter, Blinn finally found its
way in the fourth. With just less than two minutes remain-
ing, QB Cameron Newton scored on a 4 yard plunge to give
Blinn a 24-17 lead. And just like last season the Grizzlies
were unable to answer and they suffered another opening
v "I was very disappointed in the lack of discipline
our football team showed (in the game)," Head Coach Troy
In week two the Grizzlies faced the Dodge City
Conquistadors on the road in an opportunity to rebound
from the loss at Blinn.
They jumped out to
a 13-0 lead before
Dodge got on the
board late in the first
half. But the Grizzlies
answered right back
with a long touchdown
pass from Dausin to
Kennard and Butler led
20-7 at the break.
Butler then put
together arguably their
best offensive half
of football so far this
season as they put
31 on the board and
dominated the Conqs
right to the very end.
The Grizzlies got out
of Dodge with a 51-7
In week 3, the
Grizzlies faced the
Garden City Bronc-
usters at Wichita
State's Cessna Sta-
Butler Head Football Coach Troy Morrell receives a
celebratory deluge after getting his 100th victory
as Butler's head man. Morrell has led the Grizzlies
to three national championships in his 10 years as
head coach, and is aiming for a fourth this season.
dium. Butler picked up right where they left off against
Dodge City as they stormed out of the gates and led 17-0
at halftime. Penalties marred the second half and neither
team scored. The dominant Grizzly defense picked up its
only shutout of the season so far, 17-0.
Coming into their first game at Galen Blackmore
Stadium, the Grizzlies knew their match-up with Air Force
Prep was not to be taken lightly. Prep came out the gates
on their first possession and went up 7-0 on a deep bomb,
catching the Butler defense off-guard. However, the Griz-
zlies continued to battle and finished the Husky attack,
Running back Ricky Jacques, Liberal sophomore,
carried the team offensively powering his way to 151 yards
on 18 carries for the day. The Grizzlies were now 3-1 and
Coach Morrell was just one win away from reaching the
_ Coffeyville was next on the menu for Butler as they
planned to 'black out' the Red Ravens at home on Sept. 26.
Late in the second quarter Dausin hooked up with wide re-
ceiver Jonathan Owens, Topeka sophomore, on a 30 touch-
down pass. The Grizzlies led 7-0 at halftime, but shortly
into the third quarter Coffeyville struck and tied the game,
7-7. Dausin threw for two touchdown passes in the quarter
to Brett Soft, Wichita freshman, and Arrison Davis, Kansas
City sophomore, and that was enough to tack on another
victory 30-14. The win gave coach Morrell his 100th win of
his head coaching career.
"It felt great to get the win for coach,"
Dausin said. ^^Ou
Butler next traveled to Hutchinson with a show-
down with the rejuvenated Blue Dragons. This one came
down to the final seconds. The game was tied 10-10 with
less than three minutes remaining when Dausin led Ken-
nard on a beautifully thrown pass which was taken deep
inside Blue Dragon territory.
Minutes later, Logan Ortiz kicked a game-winning
field goal from 32 yards to win 13-10.
Butler now had the momentum to carry on for the
rest of the season with a 5-1 record and three conference
games to play.
This article is as of Oct. 15
Grizzly quarterback Ross Dausin, San Antonio, Texas
sophomore, tries to break free of a Blinn Buccaneer
tackier while playing the opening game of the sea-
son in Brenham, Texas. The Grizzlies lost the game
24-17, but Dausin threw for 294 yards and two
touchdowns, his best game of the season thus far.
Photo & Sports
Butler Grizzly soc-
cer campaign began
with a lot of optimism
about the season.
Unlike last season,
when the Grizzlies
finished 16-5 overall,
there are 11 return-
ers: Sarah Flaherty,
Tonganoxie, Beth Bie-
hler, McPherson, Sade
Dodge City, Bertha
City, Okla., Ortensia
City, Gina Hernandez,
Liberal, G Dean,
Wichita, Denise Banu-
elos, Liberal, Shelbie
Walburn, Wichita, and
G Langrehr, Augusta.
New to the team
this year are the 10
freshmen: Kacy Hale,
Taylor Weber, Wichita,
Cindy Benitez, Gar-
den City, Danielle
Matthews, San Jose,
Calif., Haley Cain, Dia-
mond Bar, Calif., Molly
After scoring the winning goal in double overtime, Cindy Benitez, Garden City fresh-
man, jumps in celebration as a Johnson County Cavalier walks off of the field in
disappointment. Benitez ranks in the top three in the NJCAA in points scored.
N.C., Ashley Janda, McPherson, Christa VanHofwegen, San
Diego, Calif, and Jordan Gagne, Tonganoxie.
Head Coach Adam Hunter, now in his third season,
and the Grizzlies started the season off with the Barton
Tournament in Great Bend. Butler took care of business and
came home with two victories over Western Nebraska
and Dakota County.
After an easy 8-0 win against N. Oklahoma-
Tonkawa in the first home game of the season, it was
time for Butler to take a road trip to Texas to face two of
the nation's top teams.
In hot Corsicana, the first opponent was Navarro
College. It was a tough game against a tough team. The
Grizzlies were held scoreless, losing 6-0. The very next
day they had to play the then #1, and defending nation-
al champions, Lewis and Clark. This time the game was
close, but Butler still fell 3-2.
Then the Grizzlies got hot, winning three In a
row in shutout fashion. They beat Garden City, NEO and
7, rival Johnson
to the Grizzlies'
home pitch for
a match that
would be one
of the best in
time the Griz-
zlies trailed by
one, but with
to go in the
scored and tied
^ip. After one
>rtime it was
II tied. But
jot a shot on
joal, and into
the net, giving
[the Grizzlies a
'2-1 victory. The
was the first
Powering her way through the
In depen dence defense all game,
Sade fcuphrey, Salina sophomore,
torched tie Pirates with six goals
and two ftsists. Humphrey, along
with tea innate Cindy Benitez, ranks
in the top three in scoring in the
Now in his third season as Butler women's soccer
head coach, Adam Hunter has the Grizzlies run-
ning on all cylinders this season. Butler hasbS
ranked in every NJCAA top 15 poll this season.
Hesston, all away games, by a combined score of 38-0.
Upon returning to El Dorado and playing their
first home game in over two weeks, the Grizzlies jr/el-
comed then #4 Iowa Western. With each time matching
one another the entire game, it ended in a 2-2 tie after
two overtime periods.
Staying hot, Butler annihilated Cloud County and
Independence. Then cami^another highly ranked team,
Laramie County. The Grizzlies fell behind early and could
never fully catch back up, and lost 3-2.
Dodge City and Cowley County posed little
threat. Butler beat both them quite readily.
time Hunter and assistant coach Ernesto Alcantara beat
Johnson County as Butler coaches.
Unfortuiijly, the Grizzlies stumbled against the
Hutchinson Blue Dragons in Hutch, losing 2-0. It was their <
first Jayhawk Conference loss.
Gettingm»n the winning track, Butler defeated
p Allen Cou^nMiM
With three games remaining until the post season
begins, including a tough match against Barton County
in Great Bend, the Grizzlies are hoping to end the regular
season on a winning streak.
Cindy Benitez and Sade Humphrey have both been
in the top fivei»oints scVet^the wJCAA for most of the
season. Botfofhjjle been KJoiplayers of the week. Benitez
broke the single game record for goals, a record Humphrey
set last year. Humphrey got her record back the very next
game, scoring eight goals against Hesston. Coach Hunter
needs only one word to describe his team. "Our team shows
great resiliency. We never stop fighting," Hunter says.
The thing that has stood out so far this season is
the play of the Grizzly offense. They have scored 109 goals,
including 85 in an eight-game stretch, with three regular
season games still to be played.
This article is as of Oct. 15
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battle with confidenc
The Butler volleyball team
got off to a roaring start this
season with four straight wins
and a championship at their own
tournament, here in El Dorado.
They played Labette Community
Butler started the weekend off great with a win
over Southeast Community Col lege- Nebraska (25-11,
25-23, 25-22). Then the weekend took a bad turn for the
Grizzlies, losing to Casper Wyo. Community College in /§
three games. The team then had to face arguably their
toughest test of the season with the #4 team in Div. I
College first in the tournament and volleyball, Iowa Western Community College. Butler lost in
won (25-16, 25-18, 25-12). Then
it was on to Fort Scott Community
College, which they won again
(25-23, 25-10, 25-22).
The Grizzlies had confidence on
their side j^^^^^^^^^m
into it ranked #12 in the nation. The
team then had to play Neosho County
Community College. They won again
(25-15, 25-22, 25-19), and this put
them in the championship game for
the tournament. They had to play
Coffeyville Community College, which
is one of Butler's biggest rivals. The
Grizzlies won in 5 games (25-18, 19-
25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13).
Crystal Blue, Augusta sopho-
more, and Natalie Caldarera, Towanda
sophomore, earned honors for their
tournament efforts, getting best of- "
fensive player and top libera. Coach
Rick Younger was very pleased with
the play of his team.
Then the next Wednesday
they played at Neosho County again,
but Neosho got the best of the Grizzlies this time aroun
beating the Grizzlies in four games. The team then traveled
to Northern Oklahoma-Enid College and beat them in three
games. Butler then played Fort Scott and swept them in
three straight games. The Grizzlies stood at 6-1 now and
were looking very good going into the Subway Classic in
three games. The final game the team played was against
Longview, Mo. Community College. It took four long games,
but the Gizzlies pulled it out and got the victory.
Butler finished out that week with a Jayhawk Con-
ference game against Highland Community College. They
lost in four
but we are
1-2 in conference play.
The team then had two conference games against
Independence Community College and Labette Community
College. They played Independence first on Monday, Sept.
21 and beat the Lady Pirates in three straight games. Crys-
tal Blue led the team again in kills with 14, as she has done
almost all season.
Butler Grizzlies head volleyball coach, Rick Younger, ad-
dresses his team before a match. Younger is in his seventh
year as the Grizzlies head coach. ^^^^^^
J^ Logan Jones/Grizzly
During a match against Hesston, Demetria Williams,
Wichita sophomore, blocks a potential kill from a
Lark opponent. The Grizzlies won in straight sets.
Demetria Williams, Wichita sophomore, had 6
kills in that game also. Butler then played Labette CC on
Wednesday, Sept. 23, in El Dorado. The Grizzlies handled
the Cardinals in three games (25-15, 25-22, 25-18). Crystal
Blue led the Grizzlies with 14 kills and 13 digs. Younger
said, "We played at a lower level than we should; we need
to take our play to a higher level."
\* The Grizzlies have played consistent most of the
season and were going into the Hesston Tournament on
Sept. 25-26, with a chip on their shoulder and they turned
that into a championship. The team beat Allen County Com-
munity College in the first round, in three games, then they
beat Highland Community College in the second round, in
four games and were looking unstoppable at this point in
the tournament. ^^00^^
Butler then played Dodge City Community College
in the third round and won in four games. Now the Grizzlies
were in the championship game for the second straight
year, facing last year's NJCAA Division III champions and
#1 in the polls this year, Brookhaven College of Texas. The
Grizzlies played with tremendous heart and determination,
winning in 5 games. Butler won the Hesston Tournament
Butler had two Jayhawk Conference games follow-
ing the tournament against Allen CC and Hesston CC. The
team won both in three games each. The Grizzlies had 8
wins in a row and were arguably the hottest team in the
Jayhawk Conference, and jumped back into the national
spotlight, being ranked #19 in the Div. II polls.
The team then traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, car-
rying a 16-4 record overall and 4-2 in conference play. They
lost three straight games to #7 Iowa Western, Iowa Lakes,
and Longview, Mo. They salvaged the weekend with a win
over #16 Central Nebraska. The Grizzlies were banged up
for this tournament with both of their freshman middles be-
ing out with injuries.
The same week they had to play Kansas City,
Kansas Community College, after only one day's rest. Butle
traveled to Northern Oklahoma-Enid the very next week-
end. The Grizzlies would like this tournament outcome bet-
ter than the last, winning all three games against Northern
Oklahoma-Enid, Yavapai College, Arizona and Eastfield
College, Texas. The Grizzlies are 20-9 overall and 4-4 in
Jayhawk Conference play. «?*%
This article is as of Oct. 15
Natalie Caldarera, Towanda sophomore, keeps the
ball in play during a home match at the Power Plant.
Caldarera is the Grizzlies team captain.
A Family Restaurant!
Named after the owners Don and
Debbie Duvall, Double D's Cafe is located
at 127 E. 6 th Ave. in El Dorado. When first
entering this restaurant, you hear country
music lightly playing in the background, and
feel as if you've just stepped into a small
town cafe. You see small groups of people
engaging over their freshly cooked lunch.
You're greeted with smiles,
and friendly hellos from all. Even
though the restaurant was populated
with an older crowd, I felt welcome.
Once you've seated yourself,
your waitress comes to get your drinks,
and give you their menu. As you open
the menu you see an organized, easy to
read, list of items with neat descriptions
underneath each heading. These items
P r P
ranged from pancakes to steak. As not- cooked to perfection, tasted great. This
ed before, I ate there through the lunch meal was definitely one that reminded
shift. I read through their items listing me of home, not quite the same, but
off things like Hamburgers, Meat Loaf
and KC Strips. All of these were rea-
sonably priced. I decided to read about
the Meat Loaf. The description lying be-
neath the heading stated, 'made with
our very own recipe.' It also said that the
dinners are served with a choice of po-
tato, vegetable, side salad and a roll. It
sounded pretty good to me. So I ordered
the Meat Loaf, a baked potato, corn,
and Italian dressing for my side salad.
definitely a good close match. And if
Meat Loaf isn't a favorite of yours, I
also taste tested the KC Strip. It was
seasoned and cooked perfectly to or-
der. It was tender, and full of flavor! Al-
though the KC Strip was a bit higher in
price, if you're willing to pay the small
increase, then it is definitely worth it.
These dishes are ones I would defi-
nitely order again, and as for a rating
on the restaurant in general, I would
I received my tossed salad with have to give them a 3 out of 5, for their
Italian dressing and after about a 10 to courtesy, good food, and atmosphere
15 minute wait, the rest of my meal was
placed in front of me. The Meat Loaf,
Oklahoma Boy's BBQ
sma« T0NN °
)sphere. f f
Pulled Pork and Ribs!
From Oklahoma, to Liber-
al, to El Dorado, that's the trip this
restaurant has traveled to get to us.
Now they are located at 626 N. Main.
The owners are Terry Keeton
and his daughter Stevie Keeton. This
restaurant is very casual, with the
sports memorabilia placed on the
walls. This facility has history just
hanging everywhere for all to see.
When walking in, you see not only the
memorabilia and a friendly face behind
the counter but you also see the menu
on the far back wall, which has been
turned into a huge chalkboard. Some
items listed were Ribs, Brisket,
Pulled Pork, and Smoked Turkey.
All of these options, along with
Hot Links, Smoked Ham, Smoked
Sausage, can be either purchased
by the pound, in a dinner combo
or on a sandwich. I chose a brisket
sandwich with chips. Stevie rang my
order up, which totaled under $7.
In under 5 minutes my or-
der was brought to me. It was
served on a paper plate. The
waitress also brought three differ-
ent flavors of BBQ sauce; Carolina
style, Hot, Regular. After tasting
them all I decided that I personally
like the Carolina style and Regular.
My brisket sandwich was juicy,
but needed a little bit more flavor. To fix
this I added the Carolina style sauce.
Once doing so, the sandwich tasted great.
As for a rating for this restau-
rant, I would give this restaurant a 4
out of 5, for flavor, speedy service, and
interesting scenery. Even though they
had great food and service, I didn't,
however, like the fact that everything
was served on paper plates and you
had to use plastic utensils. Although
that wouldn't keep me from going
back to get some of that tasty brisket.
picy, yet Delicious!
Chili, Chili, Chili! That's what's up at Su-
e'sChiliParlorand Other Fine Foods! Owned by
jsie Gil I is, Susie's is a nice, friendly restaurant
downtown El Dorado. Located at 124 S. Main,
lis restaurant is definitely a place to try out.
As I walked into the restaurant I saw
ibles lined in two rows and bar stools along
menu some more I realized that ev-
erything was very reasonably priced.
The waitress came to take
my order. It was a cool and cloudy
day, so nothing sounded as good
or as nice as a hot bowl of chili.
While I was waiting on my
food, some pictures of El Dorado re-
ally caught my eye. Some of these
pictures were black and white and
others were color. They definitely
helped pass the time, because what
seemed like 2 minutes was really
about 10 and my food was delivered.
needed water to cool my mouth
down, but the waitress didn't come
around often enough to refill my water.
As I got further into my bowl
of chili, it seemed as if it was growing.
Like in some mysterious way, more
chili was being added to my bowl.
I ended up not finishing my bowl
of chili. Do not get me wrong; it sure was
not because of taste. Susie's chili was one
of the best I have tasted. The result of me
not finishing was because of the amount
I received. The bowl I received my chili
in was not only deep but it was wide. I
could've easily placed a grapefruit into it.
In the end my order came up to
about $5. Now that's a good deal for a
After adding some crackers great meal.
to my chili, I took a spoonful into my
mouth. The chili was warm and deli-
cious. It left my taste buds tingling
with spiciness. This bowl of chili was
one of those types of chili where it
is just a little too spicy and some-
what hot, but I had to have another
When you look at Susie's menu you see bite because it's just that flavorful.
I sorts of types of items. These items range The only problem was
om Breakfast Egg Combos and Sandwiches to that with the spicy flavor, I
hili and Low Calorie Platters. As I browsed the
As for a rating on this restaurant
in general, I would give this restaurant
a 4 out of 5. This was one of the best
bowls of chili I have ever tasted, but like
I said before, it was a bit too spicy. So, if
you're not a fan of spicy, definitely order
extra water. I know I had to. Even so,
this restaurant had good taste and a fun
atmosphere. I will be eating there again.
Good Deal for a
Small, yet Satisfying
Quaint, cozy, and delicious
food. Those are just some of the
descriptions that come to mind when
eating at Louis' Cafe in El Dorado.
Placed on the east side of
the road, Louis' is located at 710
S. Main. Louis' Cafe, owned and
managed by Louis Foreman, is far
enough down the street that as
you drive you start thinking v Wow
did I pass it?' But just as you start
to question your actions, there it is.
The restaurant is some-
what pushed back from the road,
making it harder to find. It does
make it quite a bit easier to park.
Even though you'll have
quite a selection for parking, good
luck finding a seat. If this restaurant
were to hold 40 people it would be
over its limit on occupation. This
restaurant is small and might remind
you of being in a small village, with
its wood room dividers, and green
vine wound around the top of them.
I sat myself and the wait-
ress came to get my drink order
and give the menu. With a smile
on her face, she also told me of
the daily specials, which was a
soup recommended as delicious.
I received my water and
gave the waitress my order. I de-
cided not to have the soup. It wasn't
a very cold day so I wasn't in the
mood for it. Instead, I decided to
order a bacon-cheeseburger and on-
ion rings. This ran about $7 total.
After about 10 minutes my
food was brought to me. The cheese-
burger I had ordered was about half
the size of the plate, and, filling in
the rest of the blank space, was what
looked like a mountain of onion rings.
The very instant I bit into
Louis' big V2 lb. cheeseburger I got
a rush of flavor, and an uncontrol-
lable 'mmmmmmmmmmm' slipped
out of my mouth. The meat was sea-
soned perfectly and cooked just right.
After devouring half of my
burger I thought T should prob-
ably work on the mound of onion
rings before I get full.' I took a bite
of one of the onion rings and burnt
my mouth. They had been sitting
there on my plate for about three to
four minutes and they were still hot.
Overall, this restaurant was
clean, the food was great, and the peo-
ple were nice, making it an excellent
experience. Although this restaurant is
small and sort of off to the side, that's
what makes it such a great find. As for
a rating on this restaurant, I would give
them a 4 out of 5, even though I burnt
myself on theironion rings, because they
still provided great-tasting food, great
service and a welcoming atmosphere.
small in size, Big m
The Cancer Chronicles
(Continued from p. 25)
rate chemotherapy treatments.
ond set of
a total of
lymph nodes. Before starting chemo-
therapy, Van Tries also had a porta-
cath inserted, which would allow the
chemotherapy drugs to be injected in
"Going through the treatments
and recovery only kept me from work-
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ing on days when I had the treatments
and for a while during the time until
the next treatment... Also, the fatigue
from the surgeries and chemo didn't
allow me to
do much more
than lie on the
couch. I had no
ing to me— not
ies, or even
Van Tries never
lead her to
tees. She has
Relay for Life
as the Mission
Chair, and in
the ACS Cancer Action Network as
the District four Action Chair. In these
committees, she helps plan events,
and work to communicate the need for
cancer research legislation.
"I have wonderful friends
who have walked their own journey
through treatment and survivorship and
we all have a strong desire to see cancer
cured. I don't wake each morning without
an appreciation for every breath I have
been given. I dare to try new things and
my perspective on life has changed. ..I
don't want to have any regrets at the end
of my life because I didn't dare to do the
things I say I have always wanted to do...
Guess you could say that I have a Bucket
List and I plan to fulfill it, " says Van
She continues, "Life is wonder-
ful! My life has been given back to me
for a reason. If I can do anything to help
another to survive this hard thing called
cancer, I will do it. My greatest desire is
to offer hope to others— and help them
defeat the fear that comes with hearing
'you have cancer.'"
Every six months Suzie Van Tries
goes back to the doctor for checkups,
and so far her breast cancer has stayed
Even though you may not have
known Pam Hendrix, Karen Gelvin, Jackie
Vietti or Susie Van Tries before read-
ing their courageous and inspirational
survival stories, we hope that now you
can carry some of their strength and
courage to others battling the same
disease, or that it may help you in your
own struggle with cancer. EVERYONE is
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"I've always been strong-
willed. So, at some point in
time I decided I was not going
to let this diagnosis get the best
- Jackie Vietti
" Faith and
family got me
- Teresa Long
Continuation of- The Resurgence of
America: A Comeback Story
(Continued from p. 20)
Also, the "public option" will be set in
place for the people who cannot get
it through work. It is there so people
can get insurance through the govern-
ment, much like Medicare. They would
still have to pay, but it would be not for
profit. Republicans like to say that the
government needs to stay out of the in-
dividual's personal life, including health-
care. A government run healthcare
reform is not what this country needs,
so they say. Well wait just a minute. I
don't see the right-wingers complaining
about receiving a Social Security check,
or the senior citizens not wanting
Medicare (both are government run).
And how hypocritical is it that they, the
conservatives, don't want the govern-
ment to get in between the patient and
the doctor, but that is exactly what they
want when it comes to abortion? They
want to take away the woman's right
to make healthcare decisions between
her and her physician. The polls show that
the vast majority of the nation is fine with
their current plans. Sure they are, because
they have it. You know who wasn't a part of
these polls? Over 45 million Americans, ac-
cording to the U.S. Census Bureau, because
they don't have any healthcare insurance. I
wish the Republicans would stop being on
the side of big insurance companies, and
stand up for the people who don't have
Most recently, our Commander-in-
Chief has been awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize. While it came as a surprise to many,
including the winner himself, it doesn't
mean he is not deserving. It just goes to
show that the world really does believe that
he is trying to reunite the severed ties and
bring a change for the better. One of the
very first things the president did when he
got into office was lift the ban on embry-
onic stem cell research, something Nancy
Reagan was happy to see. He is trying to
help college students like myself and fel-
low Butler Grizzlies afford to go to college
by expanding college financial aid, and by
making federal programs more efficient and
beneficial to students. He nominated
Sonia Sotomayor, a more than worthy
candidate, to be an Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court. On Aug. 8, 2009,
she assumed the role. She became only
the third female justice and first Hispanic
On a personal note, I traveled to
Costa Rica this summer and spent some
time with some fantastic, brilliant people.
I could not help but be so proud to hear
the words the native Costa Ricans spoke
about President Obama. They said when
they see him on television speaking, it
is powerful and brings optimism. Sadly,
they could not say the same about our
former President George W. Bush. I
guess that is what I feel the biggest
achievement President Obama has ac-
complished thus far, bringing on a new,
more positive viewpoint on our country.
Instead of avoiding the world and trying
to shun other countries, he has tried to
make America what we once were, a
country that cares for others and shares
Continuation of- Campaign Over,
Time For Reality
(Continued from p. 21)
trillion dollar price tag. After all of the
government spending this year, the U.S.
debt has risen to almost $12 trillion.
Obama and fellow Democrats such as
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, seem to think that by spend-
ing more money, it would help us out of
our increasing debt and job loss. One of
Obama's first goals in office was to pass
a $787 billion (originally higher) stimulus
bill designed to "stimulate" the economy
and save the unemployment rate from
jumping past eight percent. While Demo-
crats and the mainstream media con-
tinue to try to convince Americans that
the stimulus is working, more Americans
are experiencing job loss everyday. Ac-
cording to www.bls.gov, unemployment
hit 9.8 percent in September, and is
expected to soar beyond 10 percent by
year's end. To put this in perspective, the
stimulus bill not only costs more than
World War II, but also major events such
as the Louisiana Purchase, the Race to
the Moon, NASA, the Vietnam War and
the Invasion of Iraq combined.
The idea of "spending your way out
of debt" is sort of like saying that you are
going on a chocolate cake/no-exercise diet
and expect to lose weight. America needs
to realistically look at the failures, learn
from them and avoid them like the plague.
No matter what party one is affiliated with,
you can't spend more money and expect to
get out of debt. In fact, the economy was
doing just fine before all of the government-
induced (bad) home loans, government-en-
ticed speculation by Wall Street, the subse-
quent bailouts and spending that continues
to spiral at a scary rate. Why add more
financial strain with a trillion dollar health
bill that most Americans don't want? Maybe
it has less to do with healthcare than it does
with expanding government control over
our lives. Otherwise, the liberal politicians
and Hollywood elite (who so loudly espouse
"reform") could simply buy basic health
insurance for the 12 million or so who don't
America has seen many economic
ups and downs in its 233 years. Whenever
the country has been down, the free market
has always leveled off over time. Our found-
ing fathers crafted the Constitution in such
a way that it emphasized the free market,
government working for the people (not
the other way around), and a sys-
tem of checks and balances. Many of
our leaders are trying to change that
simple, yet brilliant system that has
made the U.S. the most free and pros-
perous in the world. Most of us don't
even stop to think about the fact that
even the poorest people in America
enjoy freedom, opportunity and a stan-
dard of living that most of the world
can only dream about. Why change a
system that has been so efficient for
all this time? It's the "change" from
America's core values in recent years
that has been the problem for the U.S.
As for the GOP, they have some
beefing up to do. They need to stop
being wishy-washy, and define what
they believe and why, offering Ameri-
cans a clear alternative to the leftist
agenda that has hijacked the once-
decent Democrat party. Serving and
representing the people needs to be
priority for all of our elected leaders.
The vision that our founding fathers
had for this great nation should also
be theirs. America needs to get back
to the basic principles, that made it so
The magazine staff has been hard at work so far this semester! We
thought that we would let you have a little insight into the often
hectic, and outrageous lives of the Grizzly staff. Enjoy and have a
Hey everyone! I am Erin CarlSOn from El Dorado and this is my second year
at Butler. I'm currently a Mass Communications major, and I'll possibly add another major
n Spanish Language and Culture. I love to travel, and experience the world! A quote that
I think EVERYONE should live by is "Be who you are, say what you feel because those who
mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."— Dr. Seuss.
Hi, my name iS Tiffany LadSOn. I'm a sophomore from El Dorado. My major
is pre-nursing and I plan to specialize in pediatric oncology. A fun fact about myself is I can
down a Route44 Cherry Vanilla Limeade in like two seconds. My favorite quote is "All your
dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney.
Hello all, my name iS Logan Jones from Wichita and this is my second year at
Butler. I am a Mass Communications major and intend on pursuing journalism (photojournal-
ism) and education. A few things I love to do is travel, listen to blues music and play guitar,
ride my bike, and document my life experiences and the lives of others through photojournal-
ism. John Lennon's "Imagine" is what I think everyone should think about, and what I try to
I m J.C. DOyCe, and this is my second year at Butler. I plan to transfer to a 4-year
next year and continue studying mass communications. I love the outdoors and wildlife
photography. My favorite wild animal to photograph is whitetail deer because they have such
character and beauty. My career goals are to go into outdoor photo-journalism. My favorite
quote is Isaiah 40:31 from the Bible, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as Eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint."
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My name iS I naO Pnam and I am from Salina. This is my first year at Butler
and I am enjoying it so far. A fun fact about me is that I was voted 'Most likely to be
on reality TV' in high school and I'm going to be a Mass Communications major. My
favorite quote is "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give
yourself to it." - Buddha.
Uys! My name iS Kayla Banzet and I'm from Neodesha. This is
in print journalism. A fun little fact about me is that I have been to 16 of the states and
hope to see all 50 some day. One of my favorite quotes is "The only real mistake is the
one from which we learn nothing." -John Powell.
HellO, My name iS Gordon Cave and I am from Augusta. This is my
first year here at Butler. A fun fact about me is that I have been in way too many car
accidents (not with other cars) and I used to be terrified of peanut butter. My major
is Mass Communications and my favorite quote is "Dream as if you'll live forever." -
Hi, I am Megan Mahllrin andlamfromCimarron. I am a freshman at
Butler and am enjoying the atmosphere. A fun fact about me is that I can stuff 11
Jumbo Marshmallows into my mouth at one time. I originally came to Butler to study
Early Childhood Education and become a kindergarten teacher, although at the mo-
ment, I am unsure of what I want to do. There are just too many possibilities. A
quote I live by from day to day is "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is
listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."- Mark
Hey! I am DaMC McCoy and I am from El Dorado. This is my first semester
at Butler and I love it. A fun fact about me that most people don't know is that I actu-
ally choreographed "Single Ladies" for Beyonce.( That's a joke!) My major is currently
Information Technology, but that could possibly change in the future. A quote I try to
live by is, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imag-
ined." - Henry David Thoreau.
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